Join Date: Oct 2007
My Motorhome: Swift Kontiki 615
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I followed advice and slowed down my starting sequence.....
When switching on, wait,
Until the whirring noise from under the floor in front of the passenger (left hand side) seat, this is the priming pump which pushes diesel to the main pump for the injectors.
If you are too fast, the priming pump cannot get enough fuel up so the engine will not start, or so I was told.
It seems to sort it, the engine has started every time since I slowed down....
Just as well as we were on the Blaye Citadel campsite yesterday afternoon in the pouring rain on a slope up to the road, so no pushing to the road..... last time we were in such a position we ended up axle deep as the front wheels sunk in to the soggy ground (Evesham CL 2006) when we needed pulling out by a tractor. I had a message telling me of a medical appointment 120km away at 1100 today, we got the message at 2030 yesterday and the French curfew starts at 1900.
We started, got out without too much gouging of the grass, and got home after only seeing perhaps 20 vehicles on the whole journey, including no police to check our “attestation” - probably they were all off as it was VE Day - a public holiday linked by a “pont “ to the weekend.....
But that seems to be the action for us to get started, long may it last....
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